Travel Room: Bingley Five Rise Locks

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Five Rise Locks

One of the most notable features along the Leeds-Liverpool canal, the Five Rise Locks were completed in 1774. They are the steepest set of lock gates in Britain. Even seen from a distance, they have a vertiginous feel.

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Lock Gates

The gates themselves are the tallest in the country. They were replaced during maintenance work in 2012. This photo shows a lock that is nearly emptied and you can see how impressive the gates are.

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Channel

Running alongside the locks are channels down which water runs at great speed. It’s very relaxing to stand and watch these man made streams.

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Water Meditation

The Five Rise Locks have a special place in my heart as I went there on my first school trip, when I was eight. For years afterwards, I had a vague memory of walking along narrow bridges that crossed high over water. I couldn’t place where it came from until I found myself back there as an adult. Some places just seem to stay with you.

Damian

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